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The "John Brown Pike", circa 1859

 File — Artifact: 1
Identifier: id85840

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Metal pike made by Connecticut blacksmith Charles Blair. According to Nina Taliaferro Sanders, this is the head of one of the pikes John Brown provided to arm the slaves of Virginia and the South for his insurrection. It came into the possession of General William B. Taliaferro. "689" stamped on ferrule. 13 in (length) x 4.5" (width of hand guard). (A1) Images available at,,,, and


  • Creation: circa 1859


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From the Collection: 61.10 Linear Feet

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository